Animated Pictograms

Fun and easy-to-understand presentation of historical culture and traditional customs that are uniquely Japanese.

  • VISIT TO TEMPLE / SHIRINE
  • BOWING
  • POUNDING RICE CAKE
  • HAILING A CAB / TAXI
  • TAKING A BATH
  • WATER ABLUTION
  • TEA CEREMONY
  • RHYTHMIC CLAPPING AT CELEBRATIONS
  • RIDING THE TRAIN
  • WINNING MOVES IN SUMŌ
  • Coming Soon
  • Coming Soon

About The Project

EXPERIENCE JAPAN PICTOGRAMS were developed to provide visual support for tourists in Japan.
For more information about the objectives and design concept of the project, please click here.

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If you would like us to create new PICTOGRAMS for you or have other requests, please contact us here.

JOINED PALMS

合掌[GASSHŌ]

Gassho is a Buddhists salutation originally from India in which you join your left and right palms together before eating a meal, offering a prayer at a temple, thanking or asking a favor of someone, or a variety of other situations. In India, Thailand, and some other Asian countries, people join their palms as a way of saying hello, which however, is not the case in Japan. The Palms Up Together emoji is the one Ritsu uses most frequently on social media but hasn’t the slightest idea of its sacred significance—a human and a Buddha becoming one as the right palm (Buddha) and the left palm (a human living in the secular world) are brought gently together.